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Join in a shared Moment of Remembrance for our fallen heroes

The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute. A national Moment of Remembrance has been set for Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017 at 3 p.m. local time (duration: one minute). The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs urges all Americans to take this opportunity to show reverence to our heroes and reflect on their great sacrifices for our

“Watered-down” workers’ compensation

Senate Democrats walked away from the negotiating table when it came to passing meaningful reforms to fix the state’s broken workers’ compensation system.

Democrats tax-and-spend ways continue

After months of good-faith negotiations with members of the Senate Republican Caucus, the Senate’s majority party stepped away from negotiations to muscle through a permanent 4.95 percent tax increase on individual taxpayers and a 7 percent tax increase on corporate entities.

Barickman: Democrats pass bad workers comp legislation

Democrat Senators have again signaled that they are no longer interested in working with the other party to pass real solutions or a balanced budget, according to State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington). The super majority party closed out the week by passing a severely weakened and ineffective workers’ compensation bill that would do little to nothing to grow jobs...

Anderson passes bill to help provide mental health care to bi-state area

“When a family member, or a friend, is suffering from mental health issues, especially those that might warrant involuntary admission to a treatment facility, you want to ensure they have access to the best care possible,” said Anderson.

Senate Republican Leader Radogno discusses budget votes on Politics Tonight

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno joined Politics Tonight host Paul Lisnek to discuss the Senate's recent votes on a budget that would raise taxes--without any accompanying reforms to provide relief for Illinois residents and employers. Watch now!

Senate passes McCann’s legislation to rebuild human service program

The Illinois Senate passed legislation filed by State Sen,. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) to re-launch a program to help people with mental and physical disabilities find employment. “I believe we have a duty to help people who simply want to work and contribute to our society but are struggling to overcome severe disabilities,” said Sen. McCann. “This will allow these individuals to join the workforce and work for the good of the public...

Senate committee hears testimony on Weaver’s legislation for the future of Peoria’s water system

The Illinois Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform held a special hearing on two bills filed by State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) that aim to help Peoria residents learn more about the costs of their water system and the potential for a city purchase of the system...

Five Nybo bills clear the Senate in one session day

With less than two weeks remaining of spring legislative session, the State Senate approved five House bills sponsored by State Senator Chris Nybo all in the morning of legislative session.

Righter legislation to help teacher shortage passes Senate Committee

Students seeking to become a teacher would have another way to receive their teaching license under legislation sponsored by State Sen. Dale Righter and passed by the Senate Education Committee May 23.

Righter Legislation Calculating Cost of Unfunded Mandates on Local Governments Passes General Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Righter that requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to publish cost estimates unfunded mandates will have on local governments is on the way to Gov. Rauner's desk.

Tracy responds to Senate Democrat unbalanced budget and income tax hike

In response to the Senate Democrats’ budget package and legislation that would impose an income tax increase, State Senator Jil Tracy offered the following statement.

Fowler statement on Senate budget package

SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) offered the following comments after the Illinois Senate passed another unbalanced budget on May 23.

Schimpf statement on unbalanced budget

SPRINGFIELD, IL – For the second week in a row, the Illinois Senate passed another unbalanced budget over the objections of Senate Republicans, according to State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).

Sen. Barickman statement on passing of massive tax hike and broken budget

“Rather than work on a truly balanced budget and meaningful reforms, Democrats have simply turned right back to their old tricks, ramming through an out of control budget along with massive tax hikes. The Senate hasn’t passed a balanced budget in over a decade, and Democrat leaders showed that they have no desire to stop their out of control spending...